Court reduces sentence for elderly child porn convict

2014-05-22 10:18

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An elderly Cape Town man who was convicted on 95 counts of producing child pornography has had his 15-year term reduced to an effective four-year term because of his age.

Johannes Kleinhans (75) from Parow was convicted in January 2013 of photographing underage girls, the Times reported today.

He admitted to manufacturing and possessing child pornography and for the sexual assault of three girls aged between 13 and 15. The offences were committed at his Bellville home between 2009 and 2010.

Last week, the Western Cape Town High Court reduced Kleinhans’ term because the “sentence imposed envisages a man in his late 80s being incarcerated for sexual offences, none of which involved any significant element of physical violence or injury”.

The court heard that Kleinhans financially supported two of his victims’ families and had told one of the girls that if she didn’t do what he wanted, he would make her mother repay him, the Cape Argus reported in 2012.

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